Training: “stay” or “wait”

Huffle’s good at sitting when you’ve got something good for him (and he checks, don’t think he doesn’t!) but “stay” has been a massive hurdle we’ve yet to overcome in our past three years with him.

I’ve had some limited success with “wait” lately. There’s a golden hour in the afternoon when I leash him up for our walk, and ask him to wait while I fetch my shoes and the mail to be dropped off:

Leash.
Touch his head, “wait”.
Walk behind him, touch his back, “wait”.

He’ll crane his head to look behind him a little, but about 30-40% of the time he’s willing to wait til I come back which is pretty great!

Disappointingly though, he simply won’t ever do it for his Da so I look like a lying liar when I brag about it!

I could wish he’d learn to be a little more like these pups ….

4 Responses to “Training: “stay” or “wait””

  1. Ann Staub says:

    Ugh Shiner is so horrible at stay! I’m better off not holding a treat when I want her to stay. Otherwise she will just keep coming to me and sitting so I will give it to her. I’ve seen this video before and it’s hilarious!
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    • DogMama says:

      Huffle does that too!! If he thinks you’re holding something, he’ll come sit in front of you – totally forgot to mention that I no longer hold a treat when I walk away from him, I leave it next to him.
      It’s a little comforting to know that we’re not the only ones still working on this.

  2. Jen Jelly says:

    My dog Laika is good at stay as long as you’re not doing anything interesting. I can walk more than 50 feet away from her no problem but as soon as I get a toy out to hide so she can “find it” she’s following me around and not playing by the rules.
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